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Frustrated in Rockville -- why can't I get a decent deli sandwich?

Ok, maybe we're looking in the wrong places but as a New Yorker, I am used to a certain type of deli sandwich -- one with decent bread/roll, maybe Boar's Head Cold Cuts, not the crap I've gotten in these deli/beer/wine stores. Got a roast beef on a roll on Sunday and it did me nasty the rest of the night. The roll was awful, almost like a hot dog roll, and the meat was bleh, couldn't taste the swiss.

Can anyone direct me where to go to find a decent deli sandwich?

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  1. It's like NY pizza, it isn't there. Attman's in Baltimore.

    1. Bradley Food and Beveage in Bethesda used to make a pretty good sandwich. I haven't been there in years though, so I'm not sure how it's held up.

      1. Well unfortunately your first mistake was getting food at a beer and wine store. Those stores only have food because the law states that a certain percentage of their sales must come from food. I wouldn't expect anything good from one of them.

        Try Woodside Deli in Germantown or Royal Bagel Bakery & Deli in Germantown, MD as well. If you want a real deli sandwich go to a real deli. There are plenty of good New York Style Delis in the Rockville area run by some good Jewish families.

        Woodside Deli
        13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

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        1. re: vtHokies98

          The bread throughout the area that's used on sandwichs' is perfectly awful. If you want something really awful try and order a meatball hero on italian. It's like eating meatballs on a loaf of Wonder bread. Halfway through and the sauce has turned the bread into something that resembles a waterlogged sponge. On the plus side, Vaccaro's for one uses a tasty, firm and somewhat crusty bread for their sandwich.

          1. re: michael4ny

            I'm fairly certain that there is varying quality of bread in this metro area of 7 million. I've had great bread (French roll at Boulevard Deli in Mclean comes to mind) and terrible bread.

            1. re: michael4ny

              Vaccaro's? I've never known them to offer anything that wasn't pastry related. Do you mean Vace?

              1. re: Jason1

                Yes...that's exactly what I meant (Vace). My mistake

            2. re: vtHokies98

              "There are plenty of good New York Style Delis in the Rockville area run by some good Jewish families"

              I would be very, very eager to hear about these. Can you be specific?

              1. re: Pappy

                me too. please...i'll put my own cheese on the sandwich lol

              2. re: vtHokies98

                Agree with Royal Bakery in Germantown. I've never had a bad sandwich there. And they have sugar free Dr. Brown's cream soda, usually.

              3. Brooklyn's in Travilah shopping center is the best around the Rockville area, IMO

                1. I too live in Rockville and in the 15+ years of living here, I have found no decent deli. You can get Boars Head meats at Giant Grocery stores. If you're looking for anything remotely comparable to NY deli, you're going to have to get on I-95 and head north for approximately 225 miles.........

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                  1. re: ciaoda

                    or head 35 miles up 95 to Baltimore to Attman's which is very comparable to NYC delis:

                  2. 2 you could try are Angelo's at the intersection of Norbeck and Georgia in Rockville and Santucci's in the Woodmoor Shopping Center in Silver Spring. Both are Italian delis. There is another Angelo's on New Hampshire Avenue near the intersection of Briggs Chaney which is owned and operated by a Korean couple, but which has decent sandwiches as well as excellent Bulgogi.

                    silver spring, MD, silver spring, MD

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                    1. re: skipper

                      Angelo's at GA/Norbeck is ok for the area. Doesn't compare to the Italian Store in Arlington or what I grew up with in Brooklyn......

                      Italian Store
                      3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                      1. re: ciaoda

                        Since I've never been to the Italian Store and also grew up in Brooklyn, I won't argue the point, but mrsbuffer was asking for a Rockville recommendation and Angelo's is the best in the area.

                        Italian Store
                        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                      1. re: dining with doc

                        I provide another vote of confidence for Brooklyn Deli. It's by far the best place for sandwiches in Rockville.

                        1. re: dcanon81

                          In my opinion, there is nothing anywhere near Rockville that can called a decent Jewish Deli except for the Brooklyns Deli. Sadly, they close at 3pm so you can't get a nice dinner there. This stinks!

                          Then there's the Parkway Deli in Silver Spring. It is decent I guess. Here, you can actually eat for dinner. What a concept

                          Parkway Deli & Restaurant
                          8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

                          1. re: stever500

                            Brooklyn's is opening a second store at the Fortune Terrace shopping center in Potomac, on Seven Locks Rd between Montrose and Wootton. Hopefully this store will be open for dinner as well.

                            1. re: DanielK


                              Is there no place to get sandwichs and meats in the Katz Shopping Center off Boiling Brook? Bagels? Whitefish? Anything in there worth eating?

                              1. re: Pappy

                                Goldberg's bagels is there, and the bagels and fish are fine if not spectacular. Kosher Mart is of course there, but NY-style deli isn't necessarily improved just because it's kosher; I've never been impressed much by KM, except for the astoundingly high prices.

                                When my craving for NY Deli crosses the must-have threshold, I go for Brooklyn's if it's not dinner, Parkway in Silver Spring when it is, or occasionally Woodside in Germantown if I'm up that way. Brooklyn's generally has the best fresh-baked rye (though I have heard inconsistent reports that they use packaged when low on supplies), but Parkway the best overall. My ideal would be pastrami from Deli City in DC on Brooklyn's bread...

                                All of them fall far, far short of any of the known places in NYC, as a recent trip to Katz's proved to me.

                                I haven't tried Wagshal's yet (3 blocks from the MD line in DC!), but have heard good things.

                      2. The closest you will get to a high quality Italian sandwich is not in Rockville, but it's close by. Go to Cornucopia in Bethesda. It's worth the drive.

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                        1. re: susabella

                          I love the sandwiches at cornucopia but they are not traditional deli but high end italian cured meats on crispy bread with arugula and balsalmic.
                          excellent but not what you were referring to in your post

                          1. re: dining with doc

                            I second the motion to try Wagshal's. It's actually in D.C. on Mass Ave, but fairly near the Monty County line. It's one of the very few places that you could actually refer to as a butcher shop. Also, don't know if this is good suggestion, but is there still a Balducci's in Maryland? I believe there's one near American University . As for an old fashioned deli for the dispaced New Yorker - even if Parkway is not exactly what you've been missing, I believe it will give you a substantial feeling of being "at home" more so than probably any other place in the D.C. area. Two things D.C. doesn't do very well or at least not prolifically are NY deli and NY pizza. I recommend you try around all the recommended places to find the closest you can, and then relax and embrace something that is a real treat if you care to drive East . . . . as soon as you reach Annapolis, you are entering the land of crab. Softshell crabs, crab dip, and crabcakes, crabcakes, crabcakes. You'll eventually get used to each.and.every.place. declaring themselves to have the "best crabcakes." The fun is in finding out who's lying and who's not - when you find the ones who aren't then you're in for a treat, especially if those crabcakes are eaten on a deck next to the water with boats swishing past and osprey swooping along. Not to mention tiki drinks. Hope you'll feel more at more this summer, mrsbuffer!

                            600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                            1. re: OneMoreBite

                              You sound like someone who hasn't been to Deli City.

                              Deli City Restaurant
                              2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

                        2. Hi. I've dropped a line to "Sandwich Jack" of http://eatasandwich.com/, but am unsure if he will respond.

                          Chutzpah in Fairfax is a good (enough) NY style Jewish Deli (including pastrami, brisket, matzoh ball soup)...although I'm not a fan of their customer skills and surliness (the places I grew up on in NYC weren't actually like that). Or, the sign saying that if I have Starbucks coffee on me...that I'm not welcome. Not that I WANT to bring in Starbucks coffee, but If I'm paying for food, I don't want to be told what to do (especially if it's stupid). As such, I rarely go there and when I do...I generally order water.

                          The Italian Store in Arlington makes truly great hoagies.

                          Beer and wine stores probably aren't your best bet.

                          Jason, dcfud.com

                          1. It's been years, but Giuseppi's does a good hot Italian sub on a hard roll.


                            1. Heckman's on Cordell Ave. in Bethesda is serviceable.

                              1. And don't forget: http://cornedbeefking.com/

                                My oldest friend who grew up working at Famous Deli in Langley Park says this is the best corned beef sandwich in town.

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                                1. re: Mister Big

                                  CB King makes pretty decent corned beef (their pastrami is better) but their (packaged) bread is awful.

                                  Brooklyn's in Rockville/Potomac still has the best overall sandwich, because their house-made rye is stupendous.

                                  But don't count out Stachowski's in Georgetown - not traditional deli sandwiches, but all of the meats are handmade and spectacular.

                                  1. re: DanielK

                                    Earl's in Arlington has good housemade roast beef.

                                    1. re: Foodgeek

                                      MGM Roast Beef in Northeast has the best hand carved roast beef. Their brisket and ham are really good as well, and i heard they're supposed to be expanding, which should help the breakfast and lunch rushes.

                                      It's a chain, but Roy Rogers roast beef is just like I remember it from the 1970s: real sliced beef, medium rare, not that cryovac lunch loaf stuff they have at Arby's.


                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                        MGM wraps their meats in plastic wrap and puts them in a holdingo ven. When they come out of the holding oven, they are swimming in juices that should be in the meats. But if you re lucky to be there when they pull the meat out of the roasting oven and it hasn't been drowned by steam, their stuff is quite good. Go fo the roll instead of the insipid bread.

                                    2. re: DanielK

                                      Corned Beef King and Deli City are my two favorite area corned beef sandwich places because both slice relatively thick. I hate using terms like "mouth feel" but thick cut chews better than thin. Thin cut turns to paste and I stopped eating paste in the first grade.

                                      The complaint about the rye bread is common with a lot of delis, particularly Deli City. I get the impression that they all could use a better quality rye, but at a higher cost that gets passed on to the consumer, most of whom are pretty price sensitive.

                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                        I've been a broken record on this for years, but the best corned beef sandwich in the area is when you go to Brooklyn's and buy a loaf of seeded rye, and then drive down to Deli City for a pound of corned beef.